Save Our Sodus Mission

Preserve, Protect and Improve the Great Sodus Bay

Four Major Challenges Facing Sodus Bay:

  1. Water quality – We identify sources of pollutants such as historically accumulated sediment, land runoff from adjacent residential and business properties, farms and communities in the water shed area. Also included are animal and human waste such as excessive Canada geese, sewer treatment facilities and septic systems.
  2. Invasive species – The Bay contains both plant (i.e. Hydrilla, water chestnuts, etc) and animal types (i.e. gobies, mute swans, zebra mussels).
  3. Changes for Lake Ontario water levels – The International Joint Commission (IJC) Plan 2014 would alter both high levels that contribute to flooding and low levels that effect commercial and recreational uses and threaten to reduce property values.
  4. Protection of the shorelines – Maintain piers, break walls and Crescent Beach that can be damaged by storms thereby threatening the interior shoreline of Sodus Bay.

7 Things We Do To Mitigate These Challenges:

  1. Restore the wetlands formed by the tributaries which empty into Sodus Bay. SOS efforts are aimed at obtaining funding and approval for restoration projects that will enhance the functionality of these wetlands.  Additionally, SOS proposes promoting the selective and intelligent reintroduction of beavers into the environment to build and maintain dams that serve to filter out pollutants from water shed sources.
  2. Encourage government officials to fund regular dredging of the channel. This would allow more water exchanges between the Bay and the Lake and thereby dilute the effects of the historical sediment in the Bay.
  3. Encourage the expansion of the Sodus Point sewer system to properties on Sodus Bay that are not currently served by it or any other well controlled sewer treatment facility.
  4. Support and promote the continuation of good practices pursued by Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District toward farms, residents and communities in the Sodus Bay watershed.
  5. Promote the New York State Clean, Drain and Dry campaign for visiting boaters using the Bay. Identifying invasive species found in the Bay and organizing campaigns to eradicate them.
  6. Oppose the implementation of IJC Plan 2014 which eliminates the current four foot range of control that has been in place for Lake Ontario since 1958. Plan 2014 would cause more frequent flooding conditions and more frequent extreme low water occurrences.  Plan 2014 will also cause more shoreline erosion, jeopardizing long term public infrastructure and private property.  Both high and low extremes will diminish property values, which will adversely impact the Lake Ontario south shore communities.
  7. Encourage government officials to provide plans and funds to maintain the piers and Crescent Beach to protect the interior shoreline of Sodus Bay.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • SOS holds a seat on the Wayne County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
  • The SOS president sits on the Sodus Bay Inter-Municipal Committee
  • SOS is represented on the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative (LOCI)
  • SOS keeps regular contact with our elected officials at the state and federal levels

  • Newsletter sent to over 2500 homes
  • E-News E-mail updates to over 500 people
  • Articles of interest in local publications

  • SOS has donated money toward the purchase of Mechanical Weed Harvesters now in operation on Sodus Bay
  • Representative Jim Walsh has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to help improve the Bay
  • In June 2006, SOS received a 3-year grant from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation to fund herbicidal treatment of Water Chestnuts in Second Creek.
  • SOS contributed $5000 in seed money toward the development of the Sodus Bay Harbor Management Plan
  • SOS contributed $1000 to initiate the development of the Great Sodus Bay Watershed Management Plan

  • SOS initiated a Streamwatch Program that gets SOS volunteers involved with monitoring the water of the tributaries emptying into Sodus Bay
  • SOS volunteers participate in the International Coastal Cleanup Day annually
  • SOS volunteers in small boats manually harvest Water Chestnuts in the Second Creek area each July

Who We Are

Save Our Sodus, Inc. (SOS) is a non-profit group of stewards who care deeply about the health of Sodus Bay. As an organization we are dedicated to improving, protecting, and preserving the water quality on the  Bay and the Sodus Bay watershed.

Founded in 1999, Save our Sodus currently has a membership base of over 600 year-round and seasonal families. These stakeholders include local residents, vacationers, property owners, businesses, farmers, boaters, fisherman, sports people and many others who recognize the importance of preserving the bay’s natural beauty and usability.

Sodus Bay is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just east of the Village of Sodus Point, in the Towns of Sodus and Huron, Wayne County (7.5′ Quadrangles: Sodus Point, N.Y.; and Rose, N.Y.) -Sodus Bay receives inflow from First, Second, Third, and Sodus Creeks.

Dr. Boyer examining an algae sample

Dr. Boyer examining an algae sample

We are dedicated in finding effective solutions to protect and preserve these waters locally, through citizen support and community action.

By joining together, we can increase public awareness, create a common voice, and reverse nutrient loading in Sodus Bay and its tributaries.

Nautical Chart of Sodus Bay – Click to See Full Size

Meet SOS Board Of Directors

Dave McDowell

President of the Board of Directors

David Scudder

Board of Directors, Member; former  President of the Board of Directors

Ed Leroux

Board of Directors, Member; former  President of the Board of Directors

David Parker

Board of Directors, Member

Our Partners

Affiliate Partners

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Crackerbox Palace
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Finger Lakes Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA)
  • Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA)
  • NYS Federation of Lakes Associations(NYSFOLA)
    • co-sponsor CSLAP program with NYS DEC
  • Finger Lakes Institute (FLI)
    • Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
  • Sodus Bay Captains Association
  • Charter Captains Association

Government Partners

  • Town of Sodus
  • Town of Huron
  • Village of Sodus Point
  • Wayne County

Neighborhood Partners

  • Sodus Bay Improvement Association (SBIA)
  • Crescent Beach Association (CBA)
  • Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point (NASP)
  • Shaker Heights Property Owners Association (SHPOA)
  • Eagle Island Association
  • Lakeview Property Owners Association